News & Events from the Monroe Library
Dating back to 1983 all the way through 2009, the Loyola University New Orleans library put out a periodical newsletter that documents the history of the libraries and librarians throughout the time. In the Summer 1995 issue, one of the cover page articles is focused on the library’s search for a newer, more efficient computer system that came along with the plans for building the library. The January 1999 issue first reveals the floor plans of the new library building, as well as a helpful fact sheet detailing the plans for the update.
The Fall 2000 issue explains the layout of the floors of the library in regards to the noise policy, as well as some of the new and upcoming (at the time) features the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library has to offer.
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Forty-eight years ago this week, Loyola’s campus was a-buzz with activity.
As we are today, the nation, and the campus, were focused on presidential politics. President Lyndon Johnson had just announced he would not seek another term in office. The Maroon reported that, in a visit arranged by Tulane and Loyola students, Robert F. Kennedy would be speaking at Tulane’s campus. (Kennedy would be assassinated at a campaign event in California one month later.)
Edgar “Dooky” Chase was the first African-American student to be elected to Loyola’s Student Council.
In entertainment news, The Beach Boys and Buffalo Springfield were about to play on campus.
Check out more of what was happening on campus any year in Special Collections & Archives or The Maroon archives online.
Bonus video: Buffalo Springfield, live!
Dawson Ann Forman Gaillard Keefe was born on September 25, 1938, in Marietta, Georgia, and grew up in Monroe (Ouachita Parish), Louisiana, graduating from Neville High School. She earned a B. A. in Social Studies and English at Louisiana State University (1959) and both a Master’s (1965) and Doctorate in English (1970) from Tulane University. Gaillard was a member of the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans from 1968 to 1983, and served as chair of that department from 1974 to 1977. She also edited the New Orleans Review from 1973 to 1979.
She worked as copy manager for the LSU Press from 1979 to 1981 and wrote the copy for the advertisements and book jackets of Confederacy of Dunces and other titles. Gaillard authored a book entitled Dorothy L. Sayers (1980) on the English mystery writer and (with colleague John Mosier) co-edited a groundbreaking anthology of short fiction, Women and Men Together (1978).
Her battle with multiple sclerosis contributed to her eventual departure from academic and professional life, and on October 1, 1985 she died in an accident at her home in Metairie, Louisiana. The annual Dawson Gaillard Writing Awards are held in her honor at Loyola University, recognizing student work in the categories of expository writing, creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and script.
The Dawson Gaillard Papers consist primarily of the personal and professional writings of Dr. Dawson Gaillard. These include…
Her personal diaries from 1951 to 1985:
Academic work and research papers written as a student and teacher:
Samples of her copyediting work from LSU Press, and a small amount of original nonfiction, fiction and poetry:
Also included is research related to the 1927 murder trial of Ada LeBouef and Dr. Tom Dreher, including two audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted by Gaillard with Murphy Dreher, Tom Dreher’s nephew, and Mrs. Waleer Hamlin, the wife of Ada LeBouef’s lawyer.
We just can’t get enough of Irish literature and history books in Special Collections & Archives (previously here, here, here, and here). To celebrate another St. Patrick’s Day, here are some more images of rare books about St. Patrick and Ireland in our collection.
From St. Patrick’s Day Sermon:
From History of Ireland:
These and many more can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.
It’s Pi Day! Here are Loyola students from days of yore enjoying some pi(e) related activities.
These images and more can be viewed in the Loyola University New Orleans University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.
Here are the pages specific to the the New Orleans Mint:
If you would like to take a closer look at this volume or other books on the history of New Orleans, come visit the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.
Here’s a Library Lagniappe for you. A film from 1940 showing how coins are minted!
March 7 through 11, 2016 is Open Education Week around the world. It seeks to spread recognition and use of free and open educational materials and promote an understanding of how these materials can benefit students and teachers. Ask us or your teacher about using open textbooks at Loyola. As the Open Education Week website says: “The open education movement seeks to reduce barriers, increase access and drive improvements in education through open sharing and digital formats.
Open education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education, including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available for free use and modification under an open license.”
Visit the Monroe Library’s Open Access guide at http://researchguides.loyno.edu/openaccess and the Open Textbook guide at http://researchguides.loyno.edu/opentextbooks.
In conjunction with the Women’s Resource Center, the Feminist Festival, and Women’s History Month, the Monroe Library is presenting a display of faculty works outside of the Living Room on the 1st floor of the library. Works included may focus on women and gender issues or may show the progress women have made in various academic, business, and artistic areas. The display includes books, journals, and select articles and will be available through March 31.
A full list of the materials included in the display is available here.
Since 1984, WYES, New Orleans’ public television station, has been broadcasting Informed Sources, a program devoted to in-depth discussion of the news by local journalists.
The WYES Informed Sources Archive is now now available for viewing online, and offers a look at thirty years of local history through conversations about crime, politics, education and life in New Orleans. Take a look!